Bush Administration Health Initiative Commences


    HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced 19 new grants totaling nearly $11 million to help communities provide comprehensive health care services to an estimated 150,000 people, including many without health insurance.

    Today's grants continue President Bush's five-year initiative to expand health centers. Launched in 2002, the initiative will add 1,200 new and expanded health center sites and increase the number of people served annually from about 10 million to 16 million by 2006.
    Full article can be found at the

    Health & Human Services website.
  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    One word.. FANTASTIC!
  4. by   Q.
    Definitely is!
  5. by   KidsLuvMe
    Am I the only one who sees something fishy about the president giving BILLIONS of dollars to other countries (for health reasons or otherwise) and only giving $11 Million to our own? This does not impress me. When we have a 10 Billion dollar contribution to OUR OWN system I will crack a smile.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Wow, great article. I live in a rural community with a small hospital (15 acute beds, 3 OB beds, outpt surgery/wound care, ER and LTC). We are hurting for money. Just had a vote on adding $95 per parcel locally for 10 years to help upgrade the hospital to earthquake standards and other government mandated stuff, but only got 51% of the vote. The nearest hospital is over 80 miles away. We employ a sizable amount of our community. If this hospital closed it would really hurt the community in alot of ways. But there is a mindset against more "taxes" and we needed to do a better job of educating the community about the real need. It is hard though . . . I'm against more taxes too. But felt this was worth it.

    Of course if the government would get out of the business of regulating healthcare, maybe we would be ok.

  7. by   Q.
    So, KidsLuvMe,
    If you were the administrator of one of the community health centers receiving this money, you would deny it?

    Jeesh. Tell that to the additional 6 million people who will get health services as a result of "only" 11 million. I mean, hey, since we can't serve everyone let's deny these additional 6 million shall we?
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    I am glad they got the money.
    There is so much need. I sure wish our High Desert Hospital could have stayed open for only one example.
  9. by   Mkue
    Wouldn't we be critisized for "not" giving something to other countries?

    My neighbor state Michigan (Detroit) is on the list, a lot of crime, homeless ppl in in that area.
  10. by   donmurray
    I can't make the math work. 11 million dollars to help 6 million people? Is this like the loaves and fishes, or is that less than 2 dollars per head?
  11. by   Q.
    Did you look at the report Don? Your question is answered there. Each clinic is seeing about $500,000 to use for expansion of services, supplies and personnel. I've worked in small, community run centers and trust me when I say $500,000 is ALOT of money.

    But I guess just not enough, hey? Damn that Bush!
    *returning check to Washington* "HERE! Dammit I only want it if it's for 1 million! Take it back! Take it back I say!"
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Susy . . .:roll

    steph (on a sugar high . . . cheesecake brownies)
  13. by   donmurray
    That was very nearly funny!
  14. by   maureeno
    good news for the lucky grantees
    our clinics in Seattle are hurting

    the site makes mention of the BushII Medicaid proposal
    a proposal which converts 2/3 of spending to block grants
    with a proposed funding cap

    states budgets are already sinking under the weight of Medicaid expenses
    a federal cap would be disaster.....